BACKGROUND TO OUR THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR
I've created a really special group tour for women in their mid 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s in my favourite place in the world, Thailand!
I've sussed out all the islands and the hidden gems other group tour companies don't travel to, and found the best way to travel between them. I've found us some amazing, yet affordable beachfront villas and quirky bungalows off the beaten track.
I've trekked, swum, snorkelled, scuba dived, kayaked and sightseen my way through this stunning country, and I've found some bargain but beautiful Thai spas to relax in afterwards!
I've dined like a queen for less than a fiver, tracked down the best bars and got to know the friendly locals.
I've combined all of this to carefully create this very special tour, which I personally lead, and that I can promise you is unlike anything else out there.
THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR - WHAT'S INCLUDED?
PLEASE NOTE: A good level of health and fitness is required to safely participate in and enjoy most aspects of this tour. If you are unsure what this means or would like to seek our advice regarding personal health conditions, please get in touch for a more detailed explanation.
14 NIGHTS' ACCOMMODATION INCLUDING:
One night in a deluxe room (2 sharing) in a luxury 4* beachfront hotel at the beginning of the tour in Khao Lak.
Two nights in an amazing treehouse in the heart of the Khao Sok National Park rainforest with comfortable beds and ensuite open air bathrooms (2 to 6 sharing depending on the size of each treehouse).
Two nights in a modern 3* hotel in a fantastic location with swimming pools right on the beach in the centre of Koh Phi Phi (2/3 sharing).
Two nights in a gorgeous 4* traditional Thai villa on the beach in Koh Mook, where you are so close to the sea you will literally fall asleep to the sound of waves! (2 sharing).
Three nights in a traditional Thai bungalow in Koh Lipe at a resort on the beach with a swimming pool and swim-up bar (2 sharing).
Two nights in a traditional Thai bungalow on Koh Lanta (2 sharing).
We finish the tour in real style and 5* luxury with two nights at quite literally the most stunning hotel I have ever found, on another island that no other group tours visit in Thailand, Koh Yao Yai. You’ll stay in a beautifully Thai, luxury room with a private balcony that has simply breathtaking sea views, and have access to the hotel’s two swimming pools, multiple restaurants and bars, private beach and spa (2 sharing).
Please note, sharing a room will be a combination of twin/double beds.
9 TRANSFERS INCLUDING:
Meet and greet at Phuket Airport and transfer to our hotel in Khao Lak (1.5 hour).
Private transfer by air conditioned mini bus to Khao Sok treehouse camp from our Khao Lak hotel (1.5 hours) - much better than sweating for longer on the bus!
Return private transfer by air conditioned mini bus from Khao Sok to the pier in Phuket to catch our boat to Koh Phi Phi.
Speedboat from Phuket pier to Koh Phi Phi island (1 hour). Speedboats are so much faster, more stylish and more fun than the ferries with the masses!
Speedboat from Koh Phi Phi island to Koh Mook island (1 hour 50 mins).
Speedboat from Koh Mook island to Koh Lipe island (1 hour 50 mins).
Speedboat from Koh Lipe island to Koh Lanta island (3 hours).
Speedboat from Koh Lanta island to our 5* hotel on Koh Yao Yai island (1.5 hours direct or more when transferring via Phuket involving a land transfer and second short speedboat transfer).
Speedboat from Koh Yao Yai island back to Phuket and air conditioned taxi/mini bus transfer to Phuket Airport.
13 TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES INCLUDING:
Elephant meet, greet, feed and bathing experience in Khao Sok National Park.
Full day tour of stunning Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park including longtail boat trip among the limestone cliffs and crystal clear emerald waters, lunch at a raft house restaurant on the lake, swimming, kayaking and a hike through pristine jungle to Coral Cave.
Visit to Big Buddha temple and viewpoint overlooking Phuket (as part of journey on transfer from Khao Sok to Phi Phi).
Guided hike to Koh Phi Phi viewpoint for breathtaking views.
Private tour by longtail boat to Monkey Beach, neighbouring Phi Phi Leh island and the famous Maya Bay from movie, The Beach, with stops to swim, snorkel and meet monkeys.
Private tour by longtail boat and swim through to Emerald Cave on Koh Mook.
Return motorbike taxis through the jungle and local villages to Hat Farang Beach in Koh Mook.
Full body massage in our 4* resort’s beautiful spa on Koh Mook.
Late afternoon to early evening walking tour from Koh Lipe’s Sunrise to Sunset Beaches.
Private tour by longtail boat exploring local islands and snorkelling on Koh Lipe.
Fun Thai cooking and cocktail class on Koh Lanta including a five dish meal, cocktail and wine.
Yoga classes and a a wide range of other activities available at our 5* hotel on Koh Yao Yai.
Use of snorkelling and kayaks to explore the shallow turquoise seas on Koh Yao Yai.
And of course the pleasure of travelling with a small group of a maximum of 14 like-minded women to enjoy it, chill, dine and party with and your very own, experienced tour leader to take care of everything for you!
WHAT ISN'T INCLUDED?
Flights are not included. Return flights from the UK to Phuket International Airport start at around £500 - £700 and the earlier you book the better deals there are to be had. If you would like a quote for a flight please get in touch.
Food and drinks and the cost of anything else you would like to buy. Check out our FAQs page for a guide to the average costs of food and drink in Thailand.
Your personal travel insurance, which you are responsible for ensuring covers you and any personal health conditions you might have, to participate in the activities above in Thailand.
THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR - FAQS
HOW MUCH IS FOOD IN THAILAND?
You can buy fantastic quality Thai food for very reasonable prices but it does depend what type of place you are in. For a main meal such as a stir fry, noodles, curry or salad dish you can expect to pay around 100 Thai Baht (around £2.50) in most local restaurants, up to maybe 400 Thai Baht (around £10) in a restaurant at a five star hotel. Obviously if you opt for lobster this is going to be more! Street food is even cheaper and one of my faves are the delicious Thai pancakes with your choice of fillings you can get for 60 Thai Baht - about than £1.40!
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN THAILAND?
The food is one of the main reasons lots of people love Thailand! Dishes are mainly made up of stir fries, curries, rice, noodles, salads, soups, seafood (a lot cheaper than at home), and snacks such as prawn or vegetable tempura, chicken satay, fish cakes, spring rolls, crab cakes and chicken wings just to mention a few. And no, it isn't all spicy, in fact I often have to ask for it extra spicy as they are more likely to make it milder unless you request the extra kick! Western food such as pizza, pasta, burgers and steaks are also readily available.
HOW MUCH ARE DRINKS IN THAILAND?
The average cost of a soft drink or bottle of Thai Chang or Singha beer varies from 60 to 100 Thai Baht (about £1.40 to £2.50) depending where you are. Cocktails and wine will be more expensive but still a lot cheaper than at home.
WILL I BE SHARING A ROOM?
Yes, everybody on the tour will share a room with at least one other person. Sometimes it will be more than one person, for example, some of the bungalows sleep 3 people and one of the treehouses sleeps 6 people. The beds will be a mixture of single beds and double beds. We stay in some very luxurious hotels and villas that don't provide twin beds but large double beds, that are ample for two people without getting too close and cosy!
In my experience, women are usually quite happy to share a double and by doing so this brings the cost down and makes it possible to stay in some beautiful places without it costing too much.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Thailand is hot all year round but does have a wet and dry season, that changes slightly in different parts of the country. In the South Andaman part that we visit on this tour, the best and driest time to visit is from November to April when temperatures average around high 20s to mid 30s degrees celsius. It is a tropical place though, which can receive rainfall at any time of the year, so while I can make sure we have an amazing time in lots of other ways... the weather is one thing I can't control! Even if it does rain it stays nice and hot and doesn't usually last long.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES WILL I NEED?
Think casual and comfortable. At home I couldn't live without my heels but never take a pair to Thailand - whether on the beach or a night out it's flip flops all the way! Thailand is very relaxed, both during the day and at night and people generally wear shorts, vest tops, skirts or loose fitting, thin trousers or maxi dresses. It's usually still very warm in the evening to not need any kind of jacket. I recommend bringing a pair of light trainers or pumps with a decent sole for the couple of short hikes that we do, just so you don't slip on the steps or slightly rocky bits, but you don't need big heavy hiking boots or anything. And of course don't forget your swimwear, towel and sunglasses for all the beach time!
WHAT KIND OF LUGGAGE SHOULD I BRING?
I strongly recommend that you pack light and make sure you can comfortably carry your own bag! As we move about a lot from island to island this involves getting on and off speedboats and some walking with your bag along beaches, where your suitcase on wheels just won't be practical! I always take a rucksack.
HOW FIT AND HEALTHY DO I NEED TO BE TO JOIN THIS TOUR?
The tour doesn't involve any particularly challenging exercise but you will need to be of a good level of health and fitness to carry and walk with your own bag when needed, be flexible and steady on your feet to climb in and out of speedboats and longtail boats into the sea, onto the pier or another boat, to potentially encounter very bumpy boat trips and transfers if seas are rough, and to do the activities described in the itinerary. The hike to Coral Cave as part of the day trip in Khao Sok National Park is about an hour and a half with some hills and steps but is mostly fairly flat after the initial incline, and the hike to the viewpoint on Koh Phi Phi is about 1 hour but up a lot of steep steps. Both hikes are optional but the speedboat travel and carrying your bag is essential! Please contact us to let us know about any health and fitness concerns, issues or conditions before booking and refer to the booking terms and conditions on our booking page.
WHAT IF I WANT TO SPEND LONGER IN THAILAND BEFORE OR AFTER THE TOUR?
That is absolutely fine and we can arrange pick up or drop off to somewhere else in Phuket, or travel to or from anywhere else in Thailand, whether you just want an extra night or so before or after the trip or to travel to another part of the country, or another country!
HOW LONG ARE THE FLIGHTS TO THAILAND?
Flights to Thailand from the UK usually take about 15 to 17 hours, with a break inbetween, stopping at somewhere like Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi, depending on who you fly with, for about an extra hour or two. Be wary of very cheap flights as this usually means a long wait before your connecting flight so always check this.
WHAT KIND OF AGE GROUP IS THE TOUR AIMED AT?
One of the main reasons I set up Travel Queen was because I discovered there are lots of companies targeting 18 - 30s, but in reality it is mainly the younger end of the scale that go with those companies, and there is a big gap in any tours for people in their later 20s to 40s. So that was the age group I initially planned to target but then I realised that was a bit unfair to anyone that falls just outside of this! I certainly won't be changing my mind about how I like to travel as I get older so the age range extends to women young at heart, fit and agile in their 50s too. The only requirements are that you possess a spirit of adventure, thirst for fun and are prepared to maybe get a little out of your comfort zone...and I promise it'll be worth it!
HOW MUCH ARE FLIGHTS TO THAILAND?
Flights are not included in the tour price. Return flights from the UK to Phuket International Airport are around £500 - £800 and the earlier you book the better deals there are to be had. If you would like a quote for a flight please get in touch.
WHERE DO I NEED TO FLY TO AND FROM AND WHEN FOR THIS TOUR?
Ideally you need to fly to Phuket International Airport and arrive in the morning on the first date of the tour, in order to make the most of your first day at our luxury hotel in Khao Lak, and to get lots of chill out time before we head off the next morning. This would mean flying on the morning of the day before the first day of the tour, to allow time for the flight and the time difference, but this obviously depends on who you fly with and the stop over time.
The day after the last night of the tour, a transfer from Koh Yao Yai island back to Phuket International Airport is included in the price. You will need to allow at least several hours for the transfer by speedboat and taxi before your flight so please check this before booking your flight. If you would like a quote for a flight and to check options and times please get in touch.
WHO WILL BE OUR TOUR LEADER?
Your tour leader will either be the owner of Travel Queen (Mel) or a local guide that Mel has met and is confident will provide the same high standards to take care of everything and make sure you have an amazing adventure!